Change of name
Any person whose birth is registered in Scotland or who was legally adopted in Scotland may apply for a recorded change of name. Please contact your local registration office for more information.
- Changes of forename in the first two years
The forename must have been changed within 12 months from the date of birth.
- Changes of forename or surname of children under 16
One change of forename may be recorded, but only if a change of forename has not been recorded as above. One change of surname may be recorded.
- Changes of forename or surname of persons over 16
One change of forename and up to 3 changes of surname may be recorded. With changes of surname, a period of 5 years must elapse after one change is recorded before another change may be recorded.
Visit the National Records of Scotland for further details and an application form to record a change of name.
If you were born outwith Scotland, you should contact a Registrar in your country of birth to find out what method is used in that country.